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So, let’s go back in flashback mode and dig out all the scary films, including the good and bad ones that summed up the scary bit of the year. Also Read - Scene-Stealers Of 2018 Movies: These Bollywood Performers Stole The Show
Vikram Bhatt’s spooky spin-off from the 1920 film series, began the year for us. Starring Karan Kundra and Zareen Khan in lead roles, the movie failed to evoke a great response from the viewers and was limited to another below average flick that tried really hard to terrify. A love story infused amidst the backdrop of a huge palace, a trademark symbol for Vikram Bhatt movies, this had nothing new to offer and infact was stale in comparison to its predecessor.
Anushka Sharma’s production house touched bas on an unexplored subject around the concept of Ifrit and Auladhchakra, a satani cult in Bangladesh. The movie spearheaded by Anushka Sharma showed her in a never-seen-before light, a woman with an unfulfilled motive. Well-known Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee was paired opposite Anushka. Pari had its fair share of scares and turned out to be a bloodied gory affair. It earned mixed reviews and faired decently at the box office.
Based on the Indian urban legend Nale Ba, a spirit who knocks on people’s doors late in the night and takes away the men of the house, Stree can be regarded as one of the best horror comedies in Bollywood so far. Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, Stree had all the elements in place to horrify and tickle you in equal measures. With hilarious dialogues infused in a spooky, suspenseful thriller, it had the right balance needed to qualify for a perfect horredy. Stree confortably slipped into the 100 crore club.
Helmed by debut director Rahi Anil Barve and starring Sohum Shah and Mohammad Samad in main roles, Tummbad had all the elements of horror and fantasy combined. A visually startling film, Tummbad may not be the commercially hyped horror flick known to the neighbour next door, but it certainly managed to create a lasting impression on the minds of viewers.
Sadly, the last of the scary lot, Lupt starring Jaaved Jaaferi and Vijay Raaz was a predictable tale of a road trip turning into the worst nightmare for those involved. Nothing too frightening enough to make this count amongst the good horror films that we experienced this year.
So, on a parting note, it’s been a year of highs and lows for horror flicks.
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